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Catherine II of Russia
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Historical Figure
Nationality: Russia (German born)
Date of Birth: 1729
Date of Death: 1796
Cause of Death: Stroke
Religion: Eastern Orthodox (converted from Lutheranism)
Occupation: Empress of Russia
Spouse: Peter III
Children: Paul of Russia
Aleksey Bobrinsky
House: Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov (by marriage)
Ascania (by birth)
Turtledove Appearances:
"Before the Beginning"
Set in the Future
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Catherine II of Russia, called the Great (born Sophie Friederike Auguste, 2 May 1729 – 17 November 1796) reigned as Empress of Russia from June 28, 1762 until her death 34 years later. Born a German princess who converted to Eastern Orthodoxy after marrying the future Tsar Peter III, she was an example of an enlightened despot.

Catherine II of Russia in "Before the Beginning"Edit

A common story states that Catherine II, a woman with a voracious sexual appetite, died while attempting sexual intercourse with a stallion - supposedly the harness broke and she was crushed. This is a completely untrue story. Nonetheless, the story persisted throughout the centuries, until the invention of the time-viewer dispelled it, to the disappointment of some.

Regnal titles
(OTL)
Preceded by
Peter III
Empress of Russia
1762-1796
Succeeded by
Paul I
Preceded by
Martha Skowrońska
Empress consort of Russia
January-July 1762
Succeeded by
Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg

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